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Lego Sets Soon To Retire

Updated on July 4, 2014

My Predictions For Which Lego Sets Will Retire Next!

My predictions for when Lego Sets will retire are based on release dates, duration of past Lego Sets, Lego Sets currently in stock, and patterns that I am able to identify. I have been able to predict the retirement of many Legos such as the Lego Airport and Lego Cargo Train among many others.

Many people want to know when a Lego Set will retire. Some of these people are fans who don't want to miss out on their favorite sets while others are investors who want to buy Lego Sets at the retail price and sell them when the sets are retired. Others like myself are both Lego fans and Lego investors. My predictions are supposed by hard facts, and I want to make this process easier for Lego fans and Lego investors alike.

What Happens If You Wait Too Long

There are millions of Lego fans, and many of those fans want Lego Sets just before they retire. However, Lego can't make sets for everybody. These are some of the Lego Sets that were retiring in 2012. There were a lot of Legos retiring soon, and now that everyone knew which ones were retiring, last minute shopping occurred, and for anyone who was a little late got something like this on their computer screen. The Lego Technic Set among the others could have resulted in a huge profit for investors, and would be a low price for Lego fans who wanted the set. These fans will now have to buy the set at double the price or wait for a remake.

The Lego Set I Missed Out On

Not everyone is perfect in the beginning, and I certainly didn't know when Legos would retire. Sadly, I missed out on one of the best sets ever created, the Taj Mahal. There was a time when the Taj Mahal was worth only $300, but now it is worth over $1,000. Missing out on this Lego Set was a big disappointment especially because I already had the Eiffel Tower, so I can now only imagine how incredible the details of the Taj Mahal are. I definitely didn't miss out on the Tower Bridge though as I got it a couple of days after its release (lesson learned).

Now that you know the consequences of missing out on Lego Sets before they retire, I want to show you all of the Lego Sets that I believe will retire in 2013.

All of the Older Lego Police Sets May Get Retired

The Lego Police Station is one of the older Lego Police Sets still in stock, but around December, I think Lego Sets like (Prisoner Transport, Helicopter, Mobile Police Unit, etc) this one will retire. With the new Elite Police Sets, there is a different look to the Lego police officer mini figure. Chances are that Lego will make a Police Station for the Elite Police and retire the Police Station available now. Lego has done it in the past, and the prices of retired Lego Police Stations have more than doubled. If you have all of the new Lego Police Sets, you should consider adding some of these sets to your collection because they will most likely retire soon. In fact, the Lego Bank Transfer Set retired which was an old Lego Set in the old Lego Police theme, so more of these sets will probably retire.

Are Lego Police Sets Worth Investing In?

The average Lego Police Set can triple in price. The Lego Prisoner Transport Set (the one retired with the black sticker) had a retail price of $13 back when it was released in 2005. Now the set is worth close to $70, and we may find this same set being worth over $100 in the future. Lego City Sets are in high demand, especially the Lego Police Sets.

Lego Police Sets I Think Will Retire In December

These Lego Sets have been around for awhile, and with a new Lego Police theme, this might be the final hurrah for these sets. These sets are on sale often.

LEGO Police Minifigure Collection 7279
LEGO Police Minifigure Collection 7279

A nice starter set. This set comes with 2 police officers, a dog, a criminal, and a small vehicle.

LEGO City Police Helicopter 7741
LEGO City Police Helicopter 7741

The only set with a police helicopter out of all of the sets that I think will retire soon. Out of all of the police helicopters not retired yet, this one is my favorite.

LEGO Police Prisoner Transport 7286
LEGO Police Prisoner Transport 7286

The prisoner transport is definitely an upgrade from the original released in 2005. This set comes with a police officer, criminal, motorbike, and utilities for the police officer.

LEGO Mobile Police Unit 7288
LEGO Mobile Police Unit 7288

This set comes with 3 vehicles: a sports car, police motorbike, and a mobile police unit. The set comes with 3 mini figures (police officer, criminal, and detective), and the interior of the mobile police unit is filled with details.


Lego Modular Buildings

If there was ever a sense of urgency to get a Lego Set, the Lego Modular Buildings are definitely the must-have sets for fans and investors alike. A quick example for investors is the Lego Cafe Corner which had a retail price of $140, and now it is worth over $1,000! The Lego Cafe Corner hasn't been retired for more than a decade, and yet it is one of the most expensive retired Lego Sets in history. That is why everyone wants to have a modular building of their own whenever it is to make their Lego City look even better or if an investor wants to make a huge profit. The Lego Palace Cinema will also be coming out in 2013 which will result in a lot of people wanted another modular building. As each of the new modular buildings becomes popular, the older ones get more sales as well.

Lego Modular Buildings I Think Will Retire Soon

  1. Lego Fire Brigade--Many people thought that this set would retire last year, but that did not happen. I don't think that this Lego will be around for 5 straight years, so year #4 is probably the last.
  2. Lego Grand Emporium--This may seem like a shocker, but this set was released in early March of 2010 while the Lego Fire Brigade was released in mid September of 2009 making the sets only 6 months apart from each other. With the new Lego Palace Cinema, an extra corner building is not needed, and that extra would be the Grand Emporium. I would be shocked if the Grand Emporium did not retire.

Lego Tower Bridge

The Lego Tower Bridge is an incredible set that outmatches the Eiffel Tower and Taj Mahal in details and functions. The drawbridge works, and the details for each of the Tower Bridge's windows, walls, and cars are simply incredible. The Tower Bridge is the must-have Set for investors and fans alike. The set can easily connect 2 Lego Cities through an ocean network and is made after the real Tower Bridge in London. This set will also be very valuable for investors since the set is related to the Eiffel Tower and Taj Mahal Sets which by the way are each selling for well over $1,000 on eBay. The Tower Bridge will most likely achieve the same milestones, but this Lego Set will retire soon. The Lego Tower Bridge has been around for 2 years now while the Eiffel Tower and Taj Mahal never made it past 26 months. If there was a Lego Set guaranteed to retire during December, the Tower Bridge is that set.

The Best Lego Set To Invest In

LEGO Tower Bridge 10214
LEGO Tower Bridge 10214

The Lego Tower Bridge is a very valuable set for investors and fans alike because of its great details as well as the price tag that will be on this set when it retires. The Lego Tower Bridge can be a key part of your Lego City, and investors can make thousands of dollars in profit by selling the set when it retires.


Lego City Train Sets

I think that the Lego City Train Sets are definitely going to retire by the end of the year. These Lego Sets have been around since 2010 which makes them some of the older sets that are still in retail stores. The Lego City Train Sets have stayed in retail stores for awhile, but they can only stay in those retail stores for so long. Lego Trains have had dramatic increases in price, and the Lego City Train Sets that are currently in retail stores can be worth a lot in the future.

Lego City Train Sets That Will Retire This Year

These are all of the Lego Train Sets which will be retiring by the end of the year. The trains and train station are great sets to invest in, but the Lego Train Tracks aren't as good to invest in since Lego will most likely come out with more trains and train tracks later on.

LEGO City Passenger Train 7938
LEGO City Passenger Train 7938

The Lego Passenger Train comes with Power Functions, train tracks, mini figures, a mini train station, and seats in the train cars.

LEGO City Cargo Train 7939 (Discontinued by manufacturer)
LEGO City Cargo Train 7939 (Discontinued by manufacturer)

The Lego Cargo Train comes with a lot of train tracks and cargo equipment.

LEGO City Train Station 7937
LEGO City Train Station 7937

The Lego Train Station is the perfect place for the mini figures to wait for the next train.

LEGO City Switch Tracks
LEGO City Switch Tracks

These Lego Switch Tracks allows your train to go to 2 different destinations. You get to choose where the train goes.


Lego Space Sets

Although the Lego Space Sets were released in 2011, I still believe that these Lego Sets will retire soon. The new Lego Cargo and Coastal Sets coming out in August may bump out the Lego Space theme. These Lego Sets are by no means a gold mine for investors, but they are cheaper than other Lego Sets and can still guarantee a 100% profit.

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    • flint3099 profile image


      3 years ago

      I missed out on some of the modular buildings like town hall. I hope to one day afford them but they really are expensive once they are sold out.

    • Yvette Munro profile image

      Yvette Munro 

      4 years ago

      Great hub, very informative.

    • TreasuresBrenda profile image

      Treasures By Brenda 

      4 years ago from Canada

      Many Lego sets are around for two years -- though I don't know if all of them retire in that timeframe. Many years ago my son wanted the Star Wars Millennium Falcon. We consider it the set that got away, since he never owned it and likely never will now.


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